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How long does it take to recover from triple bypass heart surgery?

How long does it take to recover from triple bypass heart surgery?

Weeks to Months: You will be home usually within a week but rehabilitation is a big part of recovery and it will take several more weeks before you feel 100%. The sternotomy will be sore until it fully heals. In addition, if you had a vein harvest from the legs, it takes several weeks for these wounds to heal. Overall it takes a month or two before you feel fully recovered. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Heart Surgery (Definition)

Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more


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Three months after triple bypass heart surgery my dad has chest discomfort. He says it feels like gas pressure and causes belching. Cause for concern?

Three months after triple bypass heart surgery my dad has chest discomfort. He says it feels like gas pressure and causes belching. Cause for concern?

Maybe: He should go to a doctor to be evaluated. Chest discomfort in patients with coronary disease, with or without surgery, can feel like gas pressure. ...Read more

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Considering open heart surgery and triple bypass but concerned as a spoker about oxygen use?

Considering open heart surgery and triple bypass but concerned as a spoker about oxygen use?

It's a Problem: Smoking up until the time of CABG will cause more secretions in your lungs. You might end up going home on oxygen for a short time after surgery. Best to commit to quitting for good. ...Read more

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Are this many complications common after open heart surgery? My dad, 69 years old--overweight but no other health problems other than heart. 11 days ago had triple bypass, aortic valve replacement, and block for afib. Two hours after surgery needed anot

Are this many complications common after open heart surgery? My dad, 69 years old--overweight but no other health problems other than heart. 11 days ago had triple bypass, aortic valve replacement, and block for afib. Two hours after surgery needed anot

I: I am so sorry that your dad and your family are having to go through this. As you know, that is an extremely major surgery. Triple bypass with aortic valve replacement and procedure for atrial fibrillation is extremely extensive surgery. Factors that can affect the surgery and outcome include the condition of the patient prior to surgery, age, kidney function prior to surgery, and the condition of the heart prior to surgery. Keep an open line of communication with the doctor and nursing staff so that your family's questions can be answered to your satisfaction. I wish the best for your father. ...Read more

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How long does a triple bypass last, before you will need some other form of heart surgery?

How long does a triple bypass last, before you will need some other form of heart surgery?

Personal choice: It depends on the patients compliance with diet, medications, and exercise. Typically I should last several years, but it is so individual specific according to lifestyle. I recommend close monitoring of such a patient. Wishing you the very best. ...Read more

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How many years survival after triple bypass heart surgery?

How many years survival after triple bypass heart surgery?

Variable: Depends on age, left ventricle, other risks etc. Depends on conduits- internal mammary grafts. The point is that most do well and for along time. I have patients at 30 years. ...Read more

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Is there a risk in flying after you have had a triple bypass heart surgery?

Is there a risk in flying after you have had a triple bypass heart surgery?

Depends: Immediately should be with care. After a month or so, same as most flyers, presuming all checkups are on target! ...Read more

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What are the common complications that occut during triple bypass heart surgery?

What are the common complications that occut during triple bypass heart surgery?

Mutiple: Heart attack, stroke, death, kidney injury or failure, infection, bleeding, cardiac tamponade, and complications of vascular disease, which can occur in many different areas of the body. ...Read more

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Please help, how much notice should you receive before undergoing triple bypass heart surgery?

Please help, how much notice should you receive before undergoing triple bypass heart surgery?

Depends: The symptoms or signs lead to cardiac catheterization and definition of the anatomy which may be suitable for cabg. Full risks, benefits and options should be presented to you. Depending on the symptoms, severity, anatomy the procedure should be done sooner than later. ...Read more

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How "easy" is triple bypass heart surgery for surgeons? Is it routine, or a fairly complex thing? Thank you.

How "easy" is triple bypass heart surgery for surgeons? Is it routine, or a fairly complex thing? Thank you.

Depends: Depends on a number of factors: coexisting illness, previous surgery in area (namely chest), previous heart attacks causing congestive heart failure, quality of saphenous veins (used for conduits), is patient obese, etc. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol after triple bypass heart surgery?

Is it safe to drink alcohol after triple bypass heart surgery?

Maybe: It depends what medications you're on. I would limit myself to 1 to 2 drinks in any given day. Also alcohol can affect the drug coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more

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I had a triple bypass heart operation three years ago and have been on medication since then. Of late I am not able to perform during sex. I am 60 yrs?

I had a triple bypass heart operation three years ago and have been on medication since then. Of late I am not able to perform during sex. I am 60 yrs?

Cabg: When was your last cardiac evaluation? Even if asymptomatic - you have documented heart disease and should have an imaging stress test every 2 years. Earlier if you develop symptoms such as CP, Shortness of breath, fatigue, decreased exercise tolerance, diaphoresis, etc. See your cardiologist. ...Read more

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I've never had a problem using viagra (sildenafil) and have had bypass surgery, recently I had to have a Stent after 15 yrs of heart surgery. Can I still take viagra (sildenafil)?

I've never had a problem using viagra (sildenafil) and have had bypass surgery, recently I had to have a Stent after 15 yrs of heart surgery. Can I still take viagra (sildenafil)?

Viagra (sildenafil) and stent: This question needs to be asked of your doctor/cardiologist who knows you, your condition and your medications. If you are taking nitrates as part of your medications then you can't use the viagra (sildenafil) type drugs. Ask your Doc to explain all this to you. ...Read more

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What should I feed an older man that just had a double bypass open heart surgery?

What should I feed an older man that just had a double bypass open heart surgery?

Most anything: If no difficulty sitting, chewing, swallowing and is hungry. Many will have limited appetite so finding things they like is important. Short term even skyline can be ok. Long term see aha low cholesterol, low sodium is preferable. ...Read more

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Will I be able to talk to the perfusionist before my open heart surgery. I have a lot of questions about cognitive problems from bypass machine.?

Will I be able to talk to the perfusionist before my open heart surgery. I have a lot of questions about cognitive problems from bypass machine.?

Possibly: Your surgeon should also be able to address these questions, as they are certainly well-versed in the complications related to bypass, and also what sort of bypass will be needed for your case. On the other hand, I'm certain most centers could easily arrange for you to spam with the perfusionist... ...Read more

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Is CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) an open heart surgery or closed heart surgery?

Is CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) an open heart surgery or closed heart surgery?

Not necessarily: A CABG if done without cardiopulmonary bypass (cpb) does not require the heart to be opened, however most cabgs are done with cpb requires cannula placement in the heart. However, most people consider any surgery on the heart where the chest is opened open heart surgery. ...Read more

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